Woodhands aren’t your typical indie electro duo. The Toronto-based pair eschew laptops in favour of actually playing their synths and drums by hand, and they’ve generated buzz mainly through their high-energy live shows rather than bootleg remixes posted on blogs. (These two anomalies are probably connected.)
Thankfully, they’re living up to that promise in the recording studio, too, where they’ve done a good job of capturing that lovable, ragged enthusiasm. Heart Attack sounds raw and dirty, which is a good counterweight to the cheerful, bubbling synth melodies and squiggles. The vocals don’t always quite hit the notes they’re straining for, but for some reason this comes across as charming rather than grating.
Woodhands release their CD tonight (Thursday, April 3) at Wrongbar.